We rely on the washer to clean all of our favorite clothes, but who’s responsible for cleaning your washer?
YOU are, that’s who. I learned the hard way.
Over the summer, my washer stopped spinning efficiently, making it impossible to get any laundry done because the clothes were soaking wet. At the time, Ryan’s acid reflux struggle was in full force and he was going through 3, 4 and 5 outfits a day so the laundry piled up even more quickly than normal.
Our washer was no longer under warranty, and the waiting period for a repairmen was over a week out. When the repairman finally arrived several days later, he spent about 15 minutes here blowing out a soap scum blockage in the line before he gave me some strange substance and instructed me on how to clean my washer. He didn’t even do all of the work for me and it still cost me $200.00!
Recently, I discovered a way to disinfect the laundry tub and dissolve that nasty soap scum before the blockage occurs, for a lot less than two hundred bucks. The best part about this how-to is that you likely have the ingredients in your own home.
Homemade Washer Cleanser
You will need: 2 cups white vinegar and 2 cups liquid bleach
Step 1: Fill the washer with HOT water. Add the vinegar and let soak for an hour before letting run a complete cycle.
Step 2: Fill again the same way, only this time add the bleach, soak and run the washer.
These steps should be performed once every few months to keep everything clean and sanitary.
originally published Mar 19, 2013